Anoka County receives asthma dollars

by Peter Bodley
Managing Editor

Anoka County has received a federal grant to work with children with asthma from low-income families.

The Anoka County Board has accepted the $49,980 in funding from the Minnesota Department of Health as a pass-through grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s asthma interventions in public and assisted multi-housing facilities housing program.

The grant period runs through June 15, 2014.

With the grant dollars, public health nurses from the Anoka County Community Health and Environmental Services Department will work with children with poorly managed asthma from low-income families living in Section 8 multi-family housing.

The public health nurses will provide an assessment of the families’ need for interventions in the areas of triggers for asthma, in-home asthma education and low cost product interventions.

According to information provided to the county board by the health and environmental services department, the state health department conducted a successful demonstration project in 2007 called reducing environmental triggers for asthma.

Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases in the United States with an estimated 24.6 million Americans currently having asthma, including 7.1 million children under the age of 18, the county health department states.

“Asthma disproportionately impacts women, children and the poor,” it states.

Anoka County’s community health and environmental services department is one of five public health agencies in the metro area to receive the grant dollars.

With the $49,980, the community health and environmental services department public health nursing staff presented a work plan to the county board.

• Participate in program training provided by the state health department.

• Recruit at least 40 children with poorly managed asthma from Section 8 multi-family housing to participate in the program.

• Visit the home of the families of enrolled children and conduct health assessments of the child’s asthma.

• Conduct an assessments of the families’ needs for interventions related to environmental triggers of asthma.

• Provide family-specific education on asthma management products.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]